Saudi Arabia to Recognize Israel
For decades, Saudi Arabia and Israel have been at odds! Saudi Arabia has been an outspoken opponent of Israel while the Israeli government has voiced criticism against Saudi Arabia. This longstanding animosity has resulted in difficult relations between the two countries with little indication that Saudi Arabia will recognize Israel anytime soon.
Due to its close ties to the Palestinian people and support for their right to self-determination Saudi Arabia has long opposed Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and its settlement expansion policy. Saudi Arabia has also long been critical of Israel’s security policies covering its use of collective punishment and the blockade of Gaza 🇸🇦.
However there may be an opportunity for Saudi Arabia to recognize Israel and help to bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The key to this potential shift in policy lies in the growing cooperation between Israel and the other Arab states in the region 🇮🇱 🔑. In recent years, Jordan, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have all moved to normalize their relations with Israel, and have reached specific agreements on security, economic, and diplomatic matters 🔛.
The UAE’s decision to recognize Israel has been particularly notable 🇮🇱. The UAE-Israel agreement, or the Abraham Accords, was brokered by the United States, and represents a major step forward in the peace process ️. The agreement includes normal diplomatic relations the opening of embassies and unrestricted flights between the two countries 2️⃣.
Saudi Arabia has so far stayed out of the Abraham Accords but there is growing speculation that the kingdom may eventually recognize Israel. Recent reports suggest that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – the de facto leader of the kingdom – is in favor of a normalized relationship with Israel. This could be a major step towards ending the decades-long conflict, and could put significant pressure on other Arab states to follow suit.
At the same time there are also reasons why Saudi Arabia may continue to stay out of the Abraham Accords 🇸🇦. For one, the kingdom is heavily dependent on the support of the Palestinian people and its leadership, and recognizing Israel could be seen as a betrayal by some 🔛 🇮🇱 ️. Moreover Saudi Arabia is home to some of the most conservative religious clerics in the world and many of these clerics oppose normalizing relations with Israel 🌎 🇸🇦 🇮🇱.
It is also important to recognize that Saudi Arabia’s position on Israel has been largely shaped by its regional rivalry with Iran 🇸🇦 🔛 🇮🇱 🇮🇷. The kingdom has long been concerned about the spread of Iranian influence in the region and has been critical of Iran’s support for Hezbollah and other groups opposed to Israel 🇮🇱. As a result, Saudi Arabia may be hesitant to recognize Israel so long as Iran remains hostile to the Jewish state 🇸🇦 🇮🇱 🇮🇷 ️.
In the end, it is hard to predict if Saudi Arabia will recognize Israel. Although there is clearly a rising sentiment within the kingdom for normalization, there are many obstacles to this. Saudi Arabia may have an opportunity to rethink its policies due to increased cooperation with Israel and other Arab states. At the moment, Saudi Arabia’s position on Israel is not clear 🇸🇦 🔛 🇮🇱.
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